The kitchen is open-
December evoked nostalgia for Québec City, which we visited around this time last year. Originally intended as a summer getaway - enjoying vast green space, concerts en plein air and scenic adventures along the Saint Lawrence River - our rescheduled winter trip required both a wardrobe and an itinerary redo. It was hardly the travel experience we would have sought out intentionally. And, despite single-digit temperatures, one we've been dreaming about ever since. Encountering the unexpected, we were reminded, can enhance our travel experiences in surprising ways. In this case, once verdant parkland that was equally beautiful when blanketed with snow, and hearty cuisine that tasted all the better by a roaring fire.
Tourtière au Lapin
Salade de Romaine et Betterave avec Fromage Bleu
Crêpes à la Québécoise
Huîtres | Mignonette Balsamique Blanc
In addition to satisfying a craving for poutine, traveling to Québec inspired me to dust off my college modern language studies and converse with the province's mostly native Francophone population. While much of Canada toggles between French and English, Québec is the only Canadian province to claim French as its sole-official language. As with other regional variants of Canadian French, Québécois reflects its unique convergence of indigenous tongue with French and British influence.
Kitchen Traveler is the creative brainchild of Michele McMurry and husband Doug, who together recreate global flavors from their cozy galley kitchen in San Antonio, Texas. While our passion for wandering and savoring is not new, our appreciation for such experiences ─ that for now remain on hold ─ is deeper than ever.